SOURCE: EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE

January 10, 2008 13:07 ET

ETS and National Council of La Raza Co-Host ELL Achievement Gap Symposium

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - January 10, 2008) - ETS and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) are co-hosting a two-day conference at ETS to address issues related to the instruction and assessment of English-language learners and recent research that lays a foundation for potential solutions.

English-language learners are the fastest growing student population in U.S. public schools. The No Child Left Behind law mandates that each state identify and be accountable for the instruction and performance of English learners on both measures of English-language acquisition and academic subjects. States, districts and schools are searching for tools and strategies to support the education and knowledge attainment of their English-language learner population. Meanwhile, ETS and other organizations are constructing ways to assist educators and educational systems to provide fitting instruction and assessments for these students.

Speakers drawn from national organizations, research universities and teacher colleges will share the latest data, analyses and innovative policies and practices, while addressing topics such as:

 --  Characteristics of classrooms with promising teaching and learning
     strategies
 --  Research on the academic and English proficiency assessment of English
     learners
 --  Innovative policies for preparing teachers for English learners
 --  Demographic trends and language attainment of English-language
     learners
 --  Achievement Gaps at the Elementary and Secondary school levels
 --  English-language learners with special learning needs


WHEN:       January 15-16, 2008

WHERE:      Educational Testing Service, Conant Hall, Rosedale Road,
            Princeton, NJ

CONVENERS:  Michael Nettles, Policy Evaluation and Research Center, ETS
            Delia Pompa, National Council of La Raza

PRESENTERS: Joseph Aguerrebere, National Board for Professional Teaching
             Standards
            Leonard Baca, University of Colorado
            Jeanne Batalova, Migration Policy Institute
            Margarita Calderón, Johns Hopkins University
            Richard Durán, University of California
            Kathy Escamilla, University of Colorado
            David Francis, University of Houston
            Ellen Frede, College of New Jersey
            Eugene García, Office for Education Partnerships, Arizona State
             University
            Kenji Hakuta, Stanford University
            Margarita Perera Pinkos, U.S. Department of Education
            Mary Pitoniak, Educational Testing Service
            Charlene Ribera, George Washington University
            Claire Sylvan, Internationals Network for Public Schools
            Martha Thurlow, National Center on Educational Outcomes
            Guadalupe Valdés, Stanford University
            John Young, Educational Testing Service

For a detailed agenda, visit www.ets.org/achievementgap08. Media interested in attending should contact Karen Bogan at 609-683-2902 or mediacontacts@ets.org.

About ETS:

ETS is a nonprofit institution with the mission to advance quality and equity in education by providing fair and valid assessments, research and related services for all people worldwide. In serving individuals, educational institutions and government agencies around the world, ETS customizes solutions to meet the need for teacher professional development products and services, classroom and end-of-course assessments, and research-based teaching and learning tools. Founded in 1947, ETS today develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. Additional information is available at www.ets.org.

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